A man who was on FaceTime with a woman during a traffic stop — then resisted Orion Township deputies’ instructions — has been arraigned in district court.
The woman who was on FaceTime with the man showed up at the scene and began interfering with the investigation and was also arrested and arraigned, according to incident reports from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
The situation began when a deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at 11:14 p.m. Oct. 19 on Brown Road near Purks Road.
The deputy approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and asked the driver, a 31-year-old Pontiac man, for his Michigan Operator’s License.
The driver was “FaceTiming” a woman at the time and refused to produce his license and ignored the deputy’s directives.
The woman in the FaceTime conversation reportedly told the driver he did not have to cooperate with the police, the sheriff’s office said.
Back-up units arrived on scene and the driver continued to be uncooperative. Deputies then informed the driver he was under arrest.
The driver would not exit his vehicle and actively resisted arrest by pressing his feet down on the floorboards, pressing his body into the seat and pulling away from deputies.
The driver was secured without further incident and taken to the Oakland County Jail, the incident report stated.
During the driver’s arrest, the woman from the FaceTime conversation, a 30-year-old Pontiac resident, arrived on the scene in her vehicle. She parked beside the patrol cars and began to approach deputies with a cellular device in her hand.
Deputies gave loud, clear verbal commands not to interfere, but the woman was uncooperative, continued to advance on the deputies aggressively and refused their directives, the sheriff’s office reported.
The woman was informed that she was under arrest. She actively resisted deputies by pulling away from them, but deputies took the woman into custody without further incident.
She was lodged at the Oakland County Jail.
The case was presented as an in-custody arrest warrant request to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.
The prosecutor’s office authorized charges against the man of resisting and obstructing a Police Officer, a two-year felony, and driving without a license, a 90-day misdemeanor.
The prosecutor’s office authorized a charge of disturbing the peace, 90-day misdemeanor, on the woman.
The warrant was sworn to in front of Magistrate Marie Soma from the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills.
The man was arraigned and given a $5,000 personal bond.
The woman was arraigned and given a $500 personal bond. – By Jim Newell